Jessie Warburton has been hopelessly in love with the rakish Earl of Ashbourne for years. Tired of being ignored, she accepts the proposal of the Reverend Henry Lusty, and goes to London to stay with her fiancé’s sister. Mrs Machin, a secret writer of sensational novels, is delighted to learn that her visitor is closely acquainted with a rake, and seeks to take advantage of the situation.
The closest thing to romance in Emily Whittaker’s life is her lukewarm relationship with Dr Boyle. But her new friendship with Nathalie Fanshawe brings about a welcome visit to the seaside. On her return to Lincoln, she finds that Canon Trimmer and his family have moved into the area, and Mrs Trimmer’s brother, Sir Gareth Blades, is visiting them. The baronet seems to be a figure of romance and, to Emily’s amazement, he appears to be attracted to her.
Max Persault loves his seafaring life. When his cousin Alistair, the newly elevated Duke of Haslingfield, appeals for his help, he finds himself masquerading as the duke and on his way to Cromer while Alistair sets off undercover to France. Max's talents do not lend themselves to acting, however, and before even arriving at his destination, he has aroused the suspicions of Miss Constance Church. At first dismissing him, Constance soon begins to suspect that there may be more to him than meets the eye.
Lord Thurlby can only ever recall previous visits of Lavinia Muir, his mother’s goddaughter, with a shudder. So it is with undisguised horror that he hears she is to come and stay again. Her arrival on the common stage, accompanied by the flirtatious Isobel Macclesfield, does nothing to allay his fears. When he learns that Lavinia has become entangled with the rakish Lord Riseholm, his reservations appear to be justified.
"A Country Gentleman by Ann Barker"
When Eustacia Hope is jilted at the altar, her parents decide to save her reputation by sending her to stay with her godmother, Lady Agatha Rayner, a clergyman's widow. Eustacia's mother warns her to have nothing to do with Lady Agatha's brother, the notorious Lord Ashbourne, nor with his son, Lord Ilam.
"A Pleasant way to pass the time"
Evangeline Granby is so tired of her aunt's lectures on morality that she allows a handsome young gallant to take her to an inn where they indulge in a desperate and very improper flirtation. Never expecting to see him again, Evangeline is horrified to discover that he is the Reverend Michael Buckleigh, the newly appointed curate for the village where she lives. The attraction between the pair flares at subsequent meetings but Michael knows that, however spoiled Evangeline may be, her father will never consent to their blossoming love.
After her father’s death, Theordora Buckleigh’s new adopted family want to give her a London season. But though she is a pretty girl, Theodora has limped from birth, and dreads exposure to the social round. She takes evasive action, accepting an invitation from Dorothy Wordsworth to stay with her and her poet brother William in Dorset. Here she will find love, danger and intrigue. Might Coleridge and the others be engaged in treason?
Whilst travelling, Eleanor Carruthers is forced by heavy snow to seek refuge at the home of notorious hell-raiser Charles Christian Hurst. Although seriously injured by an accident that also killed his wife, Hurst soon treats Eleanor to a sample of his rakish behaviour. She soon begins to see another side of him, but before their relationship can progress, Patricia Reynolds, one of Hurst's old flames, arrives.
"Classical & Charming"